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Local airlines in race to launch new air routes
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Local airlines in race to launch new air routes

By Le Anh

File photo of a Vietnam Airlines aircraft taking off from Tan Son Nhat Airport - PHOTO: VIETNAM AIRLINES

HCMC – Local air carriers such as Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines, have opened new air routes.

Vietjet has introduced a new international route between Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province and Hong Kong.

This new direct service will connect the famous tourism island of Vietnam to one of the most significant destinations for finance, commerce and tourism in the Asia Pacific region. The route is expected to meet air travel demand, promote tourism and facilitate trade and cultural exchanges among the localities.

The carrier will operate four flights per week, starting from April 19, on the new route. With a flight time of two hours and 45 minutes per leg, the flight will depart from Phu Quoc at 10:50 a.m. and land in Hong Kong at 14:35. The return flight will depart from Hong Kong at 15:40 and arrive in Phu Quoc at 17:25 (all local times).

Tickets are now available at www.vietjetair.com. Payments can be easily made with international debit and credit cards, or with any ATM card registered with internet banking.

Currently, Vietjet operates 70 A320 and A321 aircraft with more than 385 flights a day, with 106 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia.

The airline has plans to expand its flight network across the Asia Pacific region and has signed contracts to buy new-generation aircraft from the world’s leading global plane manufacturers.

On February 1, Vietnam Airlines opened its new domestic route connecting the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and the central coast city of Danang.

The air carrier will operate a flight a day on the route, using Airbus A321 aircraft. The flights will depart from Can Tho at 7:15 a.m. and from Danang at 18:30.

The route will boost the connectivity between the two cities and meet the increasing demand for travel and business.

Further, the route will offer a new choice for passengers who want to fly from Danang to Con Dao Island off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province as VASCO is operating an air route between Can Tho and Con Dao.

On the same day, VASCO also announced that it would operate flights between Nghe An Province’s Vinh City and Danang from 15 February, with a frequency of seven flights per week.

The company will use 68-seat ATR72 aircraft for these flights, which will take off from Vinh at 8:20 a.m. Meanwhile, the return flights will depart from Danang International Airport at 14:00.

Tickets for flights from February 15 to March 30 have been sold from VND600,000 each (excluding taxes and fees).

In related news, AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier, has plans to roll out direct air routes from Can Tho City to Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur and Thailand’s capital of Bangkok from April 8 and May 2, respectively.

The carrier will operate four flights per week on the route between Can Tho and Kuala Lumpur, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Meanwhile, the Can Tho-Bangkok air route will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

AirAsia has started selling tickets for flights on these two routes, starting from VND450,000 for flights on the Can Tho-Kuala Lumpur route and VND610,000 for the Can Tho-Bangkok route.

Laddawan Meesupwatana, director of products at AirAsia’s Indochina market, said these are the carrier’s first two direct air routes connecting Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to other Southeast Asian countries. The routes will facilitate traveling in the region.

AirAsia currently operates 13 direct air routes connecting five large cities in Vietnam with six destinations in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

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